Fran Warren ©2002 JCMarion

Fran Warren was born in The Bronx, New York in 1926. Her first big job in show business was as a chorus line dancer at New York City's Roxy Theater. By the mid nineteen forties she was a vocalist with the bands of Randy Brooks, Art Mooney, and Charlie Barnet. In 1947 she became the vocalist with the Claude Thornhill Orchestra, one of the few big bands still on the scene in the late 40s.
In May of 1947 Columbia released #37219 - "A Sunday Kind Of Love" by the Claude Thornhill band, Fran Warren's first charted record. It was a good seller and a top 15 tune that made Warren famous. Following soon was "We Knew It All The Time" / "Would You Believe Me?" on #37325 which missed, but "You're Not So Easy To Forget" on #37558 was a top 25 seller. "Love For Love" featuring a sax solo by Lee Konitz on #37940 was a top 30 seller for Warren. "Early Autumn" was also a moderate seller and got to number 22 on the charts in late 1947. "Tell Me Why" / "I Remember Mama" on #38075, "Just About This Time Last Night" on #38136, and "For Heaven's Sake" on #38224 all failed to make the charts.

In 1948 Fran Warren left the Claude Thornhill band just as it was breaking up, and she went out as a solo performer. She was signed to RCA Victor records and began recording in mid 1948. "Why Is It?" / "Joe" on RCA #3318, and "Why Can't You Behave?" / "What's My Name?" on #3330, did not chart but in July of 1949 "A Wonderful Guy" from the Broadway show "South Pacific" on #3403 was a good seller getting as high as number 17. This was followed by "Envy" on #3551 in early 1950 which was a number 12 seller. The next chart appearance for Warren was a duet she recorded with Tony Martin on "I Said My Pajamas And Put On My Prayers" on RCA #3613 which was a huge seller. It was a mainstay on the charts for four months and got to number three on the national best sellers listing.

In the spring of 1950 another duet, this time with Lisa Kirk on "Dearie" (#3696) a song from the stage revue "The Copacabana Show of 1950". The side was a top 25 seller and was followed by another duet with Tony Martin - "Darn It Baby That's Love" / "That We Is Me And You" on #3710 which did not chart. In late 1950 Fran Warren recorded "I Love The Guy" on RCA #3848, another top 25 seller. That however was the last chart hit on RCA. "My Silent Love" / "Look To The Rainbow" on #3916, "I'll Know" / "Stranger In The City" on #3956, "Hands Off My Heart" / and a cover of Ruth Brown's "Teardrops From My Eyes" on # 3995, "Stormy Weather" / "Over The rainbow" on #4027, "One For My Baby" / "I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues" on #4028, "Let's Fall In Love" / "Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea" on #4029, and "The Boy Next Door" / "Trying Too Hard" on #4236 all did not make the charts.

With the failure to record another good seller for RCA Victor, Warren moved to the MGM label. "Speak Low" and "Find Me" on MGM #11114, "Wish You Were Here" and "What Is This Thing Called Love" on #11270, "Anywhere I Wander" and "I Worry About You" on #11352, and "Puppet On A String" and "I Challenge You" on #11481 did not do well but in late 1953 Fran warren had one last shot on the best seller charts. "It's Anybody's Heart" recorded with Lew Douglas & His Orchestra on MGM #11616 was a top 25 seller.
That is the story of vocalist Fran Warren. She is remembered today for her vocals with Claude Thornhill (especially "Sunday Kind Of Love") and her popular duets with Tony Martin. Warren was another memorable vocalist of the Interlude Era.

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